Seagulls: Be thankful Northfield only has a Canada Geese problem

Gulls on the Dockside Fish Market, Grand Marais, MN 576px-Birdsniper
After spending a few days in Grand Marais, I’m not sure I’d trade the nuisance of Canada geese for the nuisance of gulls.  Gulls are considerably more noisy, even at 6 am when I took the photo on the left.

And although I’ve not seen in happen here, they’ve been known to steal food right out of your hands (Wikipedia photo).

The buildings of downtown Grand Marais: not exactly picturesque

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Grand Marais, MN is noted for being a picturesque town on the North Shore of Lake Superior but if you turn away from the harbor and just look at the buildings downtown, it’s pretty much an architectural disaster.

It makes me appreciate the beauty of downtown Northfield and its historic buildings, for example:

Central Block, downtown Northfield, MN

Unlike Grand Marais, Northfield solves part of its geese poop problem without an ordinance

I’m in Grand Marais this week and noticed this sign along the waterfront park:

"Do not feed the geese" sign in Grand Marais, MNDO NOT FEED THE GEESE
Feeding of geese is prohibited
City ordinance number 167
Petty misdemeanor

In August of 2011, the City (TJ!) put up "Do not feed the wildlife" signs along the Sesqui Plaza (blog post here).  A month later, I commented that the signs appeared to be making a difference, and now, one year later, it’s still the case.   Cool. (See all the Canada geese-related blog posts here on LoGro, going back to 2009.)

What else needs to be done to further control the geese problem, especially in Riverside and Babcock parks?

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